Skills Acquisition Program

ESFA Trials for 2021 SAP has now concluded.  We thank all triallist for attending the sessions over the last week and wish you all the very best in the upcoming season.  

Successful triallist will be contacted directly via email by Friday 13th November 5pm.  

UNDER 9s:  

Please note there are still some spots available. If you have not trialled yet and wish to do so, please email 

Goal Keeper positions still available  – please email

UNDER 10s:  

The Under 10’s Trials have now concluded.  

Goal Keeper positions still available – please email

UNDER 11s:

The Under 11’s Trials have now concluded.  

Goal Keeper position still available – please email

UNDER 12s:

The Under 12’s Trials have now concluded.  

Goal Keeper position still available – please email

ESFA participates in the Football NSW Skill Acquisition Program (SAP), which is part of the talented pathway for players aged between 9-12 years of age. Our program is the designated pathway program in the Eastern Suburbs aligned with Sydney FC Academy.

Through our relationship with Sydney FC, players from our program are scouted each year to represent Sydney FC with their Youth League Academy.  Furthermore, our relationship with other Youth League clubs in the Metro East area ensures our players who graduate from the program are given the best opportunity to play at the highest level.

SAP incorporates the fundamental principles of the FFA National Curriculum and MiniRoos regulations, including match formats, training loads, match loads, program duration and field dimensions.

Our experienced youth developers (coaches) are all highly qualified professionals (FFA/AFC A and B Licence holders) that focus on individual development and preparing players to take the next step into youth teams.

Training sessions are designed to follow and incorporate the 4 core skills and focus on individual performance and game understanding/awareness.  Emphasis is placed on development rather than winning matches, although we encourage players to develop a ‘winning mentality’ through their actions and attitude.  This program is designed for players who are serious about developing their football skills and furthering themselves in the years to come.

Players are selected into the program based on their current skill level, their potential to develop the key skills required, their attitude and commitment to the program.

Trials dates are listed below, and players are put through several stations, along with small-sided games to highlight their individual attributes.

To register your interest to trial with ESFA, please fill out the following link:

Boys SAP:

For further information please email the

In 2021, ESFA Teams will participate in the following age groups:

Mixed SAP – full-time program:

U9: boys and girls born in 2012
U10: boys and girls born in 2011
U11: boys and girls born in 2010
U12: boys and girls born in 2009

Key Season 2020/21 dates:

Trial Period November (by invitation) As Below As Below
Pre Season Training  November/December Nov – Dec 2 times per week (Mon/Wed)
  February/March TBC 2 times per week plus trial games
Season March until August TBC 3 times per week plus games


Registration/attendance desk will open 30 mins prior to your age group trial

** INVITED players refer to players who have attended the first trial only or have been given approval by ESFA to attend. 

*** In the event of wet weather or important notices, this page will be updated along with ESFA Facebook

Monday 2nd November – Heffron Synthetic Field

U9: 4:30pm – 5:45pm  

U10: 6:15pm – 7:30pm  


Wednesday 4th November – Latham Park Synthetic Field, Moverley Road, South Coogee

U11: 4:30pm – 6:30pm  


Thursday 4th November – Latham Park Synthetic Field, Moverley Road, South Coogee

U9:  4:30pm – 5:30pm    (2nd Trial)


Sunday 8th November – Heffron Synthetic Field

U9: 9am – 10:30am     (invited players only)

U12: 11am – 12:30pm  


Monday 9th November – Heffron Synthetic Field

U10: 4:30pm – 6pm  (invited players)

U11 6:30pm – 8pm  (invited players)


Wednesday 11th November – David Phillips Field, Banks Ave, Daceyville 

U12: 4:30pm – 6:30pm  (invited players only)


Selected players are required to attend 2-3 training sessions per week plus their scheduled matches on Sunday mornings (occasional Saturday games).  ESFA provides all participating players their yearly schedule by January of each year and therefore it is expected that players attend ALL required training and games.

Cost of the program:  $1500 (includes all training gear).

Upon selection into the program, a deposit of $600 must be paid to secure your spot.  The remaining fees ($900) is expected by February prior to the season commencing.  Please note, Active Kids vouchers are applicable and can be used at the time of registration in February.

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